7-rollercoaster theme park plan for south Wales

Boomerang (generic image)

A theme park home to seven rollercoasters is being planned in the town of Llanelli in south west Wales.

Businessman Ken Strelley will submit a planning application next year to expand his Gateway camp site with the proposed theme park.

He described his plans as being targeted at the “family market”, relating the park’s offerings to “something like Drayton Manor”.

Strelley told the Llanelli Star newspaper: “It will be rides to suit families rather than the mega thrill rides.

“Though we wouldn’t be trying to compete with them, the site would be twice the size of Oakwood,” he added.

26-ride resort

Strelley will be re-branding his site from its current ‘holiday park’ title to a ‘resort’ from Easter next year.

He said: “We started in 2002 as a touring park with 30 pitches and two members of staff,” said the 42-year-old father of five.

“It’s grown and grown since then and by Easter we’ll have 350 pitches and around 80 members of staff.”

Dutch manufacturers Vekoma have been commissioned to build one of the 26 rides proposed for the park.

The Llanelli Star report said that it would be “licensed as the only one of its kind in Britain” and traverse a lake at the site.

A sketch of the proposed park depicts seven rollercoasters, including an original-design Vekoma Boomerang ride.